Real Readiness for a Return to School

As we prepare for the next school year, we do what we can to equip our children with the visible signs of classroom readiness – suitable clothes, a backpack, writing supplies and perhaps a cellphone or laptop. But if we reflect on the issue, we acknowledge that children need factors that are more fundamental than […]

A Degree in Hypersensitivity

Colleges have become giant petri dishes for an intellectual experiment seeking to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. A foundation for this malady took root in the 1980s when the politically correct (PC) movement was embraced by activist liberals. Ostensibly the PC regime is obsessed with […]

Inconsistent Progress in K-12 Education

Recently, the bad news was that the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that only 38% of our students scored proficient or higher in reading, and 26% did so in math.  That day’s good news revealed that scores were level with performance in 2009, letting us proudly proclaim — we’re not worse! But the […]

Encouraging Signs for K-12 Classrooms

Some school administrators, politicians, most unions have a labor perspective on why schools exist.  Despite their beliefs, schools are not foremost a government jobs program.  Taxpayers, parents and students, generally feel that schools exist to prepare students for meaningful employment and for competent citizenship and parenting.  All sides bear culpability for the disappointing performance of […]

Students Deserve Good Teachers

An unusual lawsuit in Los Angeles may write the next chapter in scuffles between unionized K-12 teachers and school districts.  “The plaintiff claims the right to a good education is violated by job protections that make it too difficult to fire bad instructors.” While framed as a complaint over a questionable “right to a good […]

Educating Ourselves: A Major Choice

Around prom time each year, we hear how American students stack up against their international peers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  America’s rankings should concern even the optimists.  But the contest is not over.  Our high school grads have a few more years to develop skills that will shape much of their working […]

Educating for Economic Survival

Typically, parents of school-age children think their local school is “pretty good” but feel K-12 nationwide needs to be fixed.   The delusion is amusing but half right.  Since those parents entered kindergarten, global commerce has reached into our communities and taken many low skill jobs offshore, and it’s tugging on our higher skill jobs.  We […]